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  • Obasan
    Penguin Books Canada, Limited, Paperback, 2003
  • Obasan (Between the Covers Classics)
    BTC Audiobooks, Audio Cassette, 2000
  • Obasan
    Anchor, Paperback, 1994
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    Anchor, Paperback, 1994
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    Perfection Learning, Hardcover, 1993
  • Obasan
    Tandem Library, School & Library Binding, 1993
  • Obasan
    Anchor Books, Paperback, 1992
  • Obasan
    Godine, Paperback, 1989
  • Obasan
    Books on Tape, Inc., Audio Cassette, 1986
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    David R. Godine, Paperback, 1986
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    David R. Godine Publisher, Paperback, 1984
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    Penguin Books, Mass Market Paperback, 1983
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    Penguin Books, Paperback, 1983
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    D.R. Godine, Paperback, 1982
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    D.R. Godine, Hardcover, 1982
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    Unknown, Hardcover, 1982
  • Obasan
    Godine, Paperback, 1982
    LESTER & ORPEN DENNYS TORONTO 1981, Paperback, 1981
  • Obasan
    Books on Tape, Audio Cassette, 1981
  • Obasan
    Unknown, Paperback, 1981
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    Lester and Orpen Dennys Ltd., Paperback, 1981
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    David R Godine, Hardcover, 1981
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    Books On Tape, Audio Cassette, 0

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Average rating
3.1 out of 5
Based on 1,007 Ratings and 199 Reviews

Book Description
Joy Kogawa is a gifted poet and writer. She is also Nisei, the child of Japanese immigrant parents. OBASAN, her first novel, recovers the truth about what happened to her, her family and her people in Canada during WW II. Winner of the Before Columbus Foundation's 1982 prize, OBASAN reminds us of the indignities and injustice we visited on our loyal Japanese-American citizens.

"This quiet first... More

Book Information
PublisherPenguin Young Readers Group
BindingMass Market Paperback (23 editions)
Reading LevelUncategorized
# of Pages250
Publication Date01/01/1983
The Creators
About Joy Kogawa (Author) : Joy Kogawa is a published author and an illustrator of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Joy Kogawa include Obasan, Naomi's Tree, Naomi's Road.
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Reader Comments
3/16/2009 Mai Kemble said:
This is a book I think everyone should read! My mother is Japanese and my father is Scottish-heritage, born American. I do not look very asian, but I went to Japanese School until I graduated high school, so I feel very Japanese. I still think that whatever culture or background, this is a wonder... more

tags: I recommend, Inspired me, I read

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